Roland Hewgill, Stratford and Shaw Ensemble Player, Dead at 69

News   Roland Hewgill, Stratford and Shaw Ensemble Player, Dead at 69 Roland Hewgill, a veteran actor whose work was seen for 13 seasons at the Stratford Festival and three seasons at the Shaw Festival, died Nov. 9 in Kingston, Ontario.

Roland Hewgill, a veteran actor whose work was seen for 13 seasons at the Stratford Festival and three seasons at the Shaw Festival, died Nov. 9 in Kingston, Ontario.

According to spokespersons at the Shaw Festival, the cause was cancer. He was 69.

Mr. Hewgill's most recent work with the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario, was in 1996 when he played Antonio in The Merchant of Venice and in 1997 when he was Creon in Oedipus and Uncle Ben in Death of a Salesman. The silver-haired Hewgill was mostly known for his supporting ensemble roles.

He had retired to a life of gardening in Barriefield, a village near Kingston, following years of working at such Canadian resident theatres as the Tarragon in Toronto, the Grand in London, the Neptune in Halifax and the Vancouver Playhouse. He won a Dora Mavor Moore Award for his performance as Phil in A Moon for the Misbegotten at the Tarragon.

He was also a TV and film actor, earning a Genie nomination for his performance as Fred Budgell in "John and the Missus." Mr. Hewgill was born in Montreal and began acting with a production of Hamlet in England.

-- By Kenneth Jones

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